caregivers 

Providing Comfort and Joy for Granny at Christmas

No family wants to think of Grandma as the Grinch who stole Christmas. But let's face it, rallying the kids to bring holiday cheer to Granny's assisted living home doesn't score high on the holly, jolly, best-time-of-the-year happenings list. This...How to make sure Grandma and Grandpa are doing OK at the holidays.

Does Your Stroller Face Forward or Back?

Breast or bottle? Plastic or wooden toys? So many decisions. Now we can add a new one to the list: Forward- vs. toward-facing strollers. New research suggests that children who use strollers that face the person pushing them interact and laugh wit...

Family Caregivers - The Downside

Sure, there are real, quantifiable benefits to having family members take care of your kids, but there are trade-offs involved too. When my son was first born, my sister-in-law's family was living with us and she watched Jared while my wife and I wor...

Grandparents Are Safest Caregivers

Not able to shell out thousands of dollars to pay for a daycare service? Feeling guilty about getting your kids' grandparents to match them while you're at work? Well, now you can make them feel guilty should they say no, given the results of a new s...

Caregiving for people with Alzheimer's Disease is a family affair

A recent survey of sandwich generation caregivers suggests that children are helping to care for grandparents or other older adults in their lives who have Alzheimer's disease. About three out of five caregivers said their children aged 8 to 21 are i...

When daycare goes bad

Back in January we switched Nate out of a home-based caregiver situation (one caregiver to five kids) to a larger preschool setting. Initially we were quite pleased with the new daycare/preschool. Nate seemed to be doing better with more kids around,...

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